Friday, 22 July 2016

GlobeIn Benefit Basket Review - July 2016 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Benefit Basket
How Much? $19.95/month or $56.95/3 months. Additional $12 shipping per box. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? A handcrafted good nestled inside a handwoven basket

Each month, GlobeIn delivers the Artisan Gift Box, a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. From the GlobeIn Artisan Box, comes the GlobeIn Benefit Basket.
Think of it as a mini Artisan Box: a budget-friendly alternative for mindful consumers looking to discover crafted, distinct goods that empower remarkable artisans in remote regions of the world.

The Benefit Basket includes one incredible handcrafted good, inspired by the month's Artisan Box theme, delivered to you nestled inside GlobeIn's signature handwoven basket. Inside each Benefit Basket, you will also find a story about the artisan, their community, and how you are making an impact on their lives with your purchase.

Click here to see all my GlobeIn Artisan Box and Benefit Basket reviews.

The July Benefit Basket features a piece of pottery from the West Bank in Palestine. The July Artisan Box features two other pieces with the same design, so this item completes the set.

As always, the item comes tucked inside a handwoven palm leaf basket from Mexico. It's valued at $12.

Meet Husam, whose skillful painter’s hand deftly tends to the fine eddies and curves of the traditional Palestinian floral design gracing your new plate.
Having grown up in the ancient city of Hebron, Husam has a special love for its old houses, walls, and streets. Their architecture, like the antique floral design of your heart-shaped plate, tells a rich story of past and place, a place in which Husam is deeply rooted and that he hopes through his artwork will be connected with love to the rest of the world.

Hebron Glass Heart Shaped Ceramic Dish ($15)
The ornate, hand-painted floral design of your new plate is an aesthetic staple of Palestinian heritage, curlicuing its way through mosques, homes, clothing—and many thousands of years. Fill your plate with a side dish or sweet—or simply keep on your table as a decorative splash of Middle Eastern flare.

See other work by Hebron Glass here.

The July GlobeIn Benefit Basket includes a beautiful hand painted ceramic dish, inside a handwoven basket. The value of these items is $27 US. This box costs $32 for Canadians, including shipping, but you can save on a longer subscription term, especially if you use the promo code below. It's a great way to experience GlobeIn at half the cost of the Artisan Box.

If you are interested in subscribing to the Benefit Basket, new customers can use coupon code TRYBENEFIT to save 35% off their first month's box with a purchase of a 3-month Benefit Basket subscription. That gives you $7 off, bringing your 3-month subscription down to $49.95, plus shipping.

Click here to check out GlobeIn Benefit Basket.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Boxycharm Review - June 2016 - Beauty Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains referral links.
What is it? Boxycharm
How Much? $21 per month, plus $5 shipping to Canada. Save on longer terms. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 4 to 5 full-sized beauty products from well-known, popular, chic, and up-and-coming brands

Boxycharm is US based beauty subscription box that recently started shipping to Canada. June is their first box in Canada. Each month you will get 4-5 full-sized beauty products from well-known, popular, chic, and up-and-coming brands. The retail value of each box will be over $100 US. By subscribing, you can also enjoy exclusive members-only offers, win free products through BOXY-Giveaways, and receive rewards for being a Charmer!

The theme for June is "Girls Just Wanna Have Sun". I wish we had some sun in Vancouver!

Product card

Some of the products were leaked online before I received my box, but it was still a surprise upon opening.

Farmacy Brightening Coconut Gel Masks (3 pack, $24)
A supercharged brightening solution for dark spots and freckles. Coconut gel provides natural moisture to help skin look fresher and more radiant.

Ofra Oil Control Pressed Powder ($39.95)
Designed to adhere to makeup throughout the day. Perfect for application in a TV studio or on film sets. This product can also be used to control oil secretion.

Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena ($19)
These vibrant colors will give you a vivacious new look.They are creamy and soft in texture, moisturizing the lips and creating a long lasting lipstick effect. 
(Some subscribers received an LVX nail polish instead of the Ofra  Lipstick) 

Girlactik Precise Marker Liner ($20)
This Precision Marker eyeliner is designed to create a super thin or thick dramatic line,since the tip is so soft and precise. The formula is weightless, long lasting, water resistant, smudge proof and lies comfortably on the eye with no pulling or tugging. 

Cougar Mineral Face & Body Shimmer ($25)
These Mineral Body & Face Shimmers are formulated using feather-light shimmering minerals, adding a radiant sparkle when lightly brushed anywhere on the body. Great for adding a little extra sparkle to an outfit!

The June Boxycharm included five full-size products, with a retail value over $128 US. The value is fantastic! The products are great and I like the mix of items, and also that it's mostly cosmetics and not all skincare. It's nice to have a new high-value, quality beauty box available to Canadians.

Click here to check out Boxycharm.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Vancity Box Review - July 2016 - Canadian Regional Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains affiliate links.   
What is it? Vancity Box
How Much? $49.95/month, including shipping and tax. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? 5-8 handmade, artisan, and local products made by BC vendors

Vancity Box is a Canadian subscription box focusing on handmade artisan products from Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area. With Vancity Box, you will get 5-8 products, with a retail value of up to $80. Products may include soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade items, knits, and more. It's a craft market delivered to your door!

Living in Vancouver for so many years  made us fall in love with everything it has to offer. Whether it be the nature in our backyard, countless types of foods and restaurants, active and healthy lifestyle choices,  or  the number of small businesses that make up more than 90% of companies in BC. We can really agree that it is the best place to live!

Click here to check out all my Vancity Box reviews.

Like last month, all the products were wrapped inside a Vancity Box tote bag.

The box was heavy, and when I opened it up, I realized why. It's full of pie jars. Nothing but pie jars. I am not kidding when I let out a "What the eff" upon first sight. For the second month in a row, we have a box full of products from one company, and still no communication from Vancity Box about why they are doing things this way.

This month we have a product card, but it's not from Vancity Box; It's from In a Jar, the company that supplied the products for this month's Vancity Box.

We first experienced In a Jar in the April box. Now we get to try seven (yes, seven) new In a Jar products. The best before for all of these jars was July 13, so I had a week to consume everything.

In a Jar produces ready to eat pies, loafs, and crisps, tucked into reusable mason jars. They are based in Chilliwack, BC. In a Jar sells their products at craft fairs and farmer's markets. The jars are all 250ml size, and can be returned to In a Jar for a discount towards your next purchase.

Gluten Free Apple Raspberry Crisp
This was pretty tasty. I actually ate it for breakfast one day (shhhhh). The crisp topping wasn't crisp, but I probably could have popped it in the oven for a little bit. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
This was a perfect seasonally appropriate pie and was absolutely delicious.

Apple Blackberry Pie
Another great summer pie with apple and succulent blackberry. This one turned out nearly perfect and tasted great.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie
The brownie flavour was rich and chocolatey, but we found it a tad dry. It needed icing or a chocolatey topping of some sort.

Chocolate & Banana Mint Loaf
This is a new one - a loaf in a jar! The chocolate banana loaf is tasty, but the addition of mint is a little odd. Odd, but good.

Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp
As soon as I took the lid off I could smell the delicious summer berries. This one was just as good as the Apple Raspberry version.

Raspberry Not Just Pie Filling
I could drink this. It tastes like fresh raspberries, fresh off the bush. It's great over pancakes and ice cream.

So, you may have noticed my final picture only has six jars. I may have eaten one a bit too quickly. I am a huge fan of In a Jar. If you are lucky enough to see them at a local fair or market, pick up a couple delicious treats.  I believe they are $8 per jar, but you get a rebate if you return the jar next time you see them.

Now, for my view of Vancity Box this month... I have to be perfectly honest and say that I'm really disappointed with the direction this box is taking. The last two months, they seem to be "phoning it in". There is no curation. It's not a "craft fair in a box" anymore. It's not what they advertise it to be (for reference, the FAQ state "What's Inside? Locally-made artisan products. 5-8 products with a value of up to $80 retail value. Soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade, knits, and much more"). The last two months, the value has been well below $80 retail ($68 in June and I estimate $56 this month). Social media channels are not updated regularly, if at all. There is no customer engagement whatsoever. This is not the box I signed up for. There's so much potential here so I'm not sure what's going on. 

If you want to give Vancity Box a try, you can save 15% off your first box using promo code CDNBOXADDICT at checkout.

Click here to check out Vancity Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Morning Club Co. Review - June 2016 - Canadian Men's Grooming Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? MorningClub Co. Canada
How Much? Monthly subscription prices range from $17.99 to $45.59. Shipping an additional $8.75 per month. Taxes extra. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Personal care products for men delivered every 5 weeks

*This is a review of MorningClub Co. Canada. International shoppers click here.

Morning Club Co. is a Canadian subscription box for men that delivers the grooming products you know and love to your doorstep, before you run out. Choose from 6 pre-set collections, or coming soon, customize your own box of items. Each box contains an assortment of leading brand men's grooming products, a pair of men's dress crew socks, and a bonus curated gift (except the Morning Essentials Box). You can also enhance your box by adding a 4-pack of Gillette Mach 3 razor blades to any subscription for an additional $9.99 per month. The grooming products remain the same each month, but the socks and bonus gift will change.
Founded in November 2014, MorningClub Co. is a no-nonsense, no gimmicks subscription-box company with a mission to ensuring that men never run out of the personal care products they know, use and trust. Simply said, we put your everyday grooming essentials on cruise control, because you have better things to do with your time.

Currently, new subscribers can automatically save 25% off their first month (plus an additional $10 off using the promo code at the end of this post). The pre-set boxes range in price and value, with a price point for every budget. Click on the photos to enlarge and see the box options available.

Last month I reviewed the "Conquer Anything with Axe" box. This month I'm reviewing the "Feel Energized with Dove" box. 

First look.

Conceited Cowboy Crew Socks (~$15)

Dove Men +Care® Extra Fresh Micro Moisture Body & Facewash ($7.99)

Dove Men +Care® Extra Fresh Non Irritant Anti-Persprirant Stick ($6.99)

Dove Men +Care® Hydrate+ Shave Gel ($5.99)

Dove Men +Care® Hydrate+ Face Wash ($8.99)

Colgate® MaxFresh® Liquid Gel Toothpaste ($4.99)

GUM Professional Clean Flossers ($3.99)

Oral-B Complete Toothbrush ($4.99)

Bonus Item: Two pocket squares

The "Feel Energized with Dove" box from Morning Club Co. included nine products, with a retail value over $60 Canadian. This box has everything a man needs to get his day going, aside from breakfast and coffee! The gift this month isn't as exciting as the drill bit set from May, but the skull and cross bones pocket square is pretty cool.

I do have one critique, and that is that the items listed on the "Feel Energized with Dove" page and what I received in my box are not the same. Instead of a Shower Gel and Styling Cream, I received a Face Wash and Shave Gel. I have zero complaints about the products I received, because they are more useful for me, but the website should list the actual products customers can expect, or specify that products may change month-to-month.

Customization was supposed to be coming, but it's not here yet. It would be nice to be able to set the delivery frequency (perhaps every 6 weeks) and select which products to receive. My boyfriend and I are not fans of the Colgate toothpaste so we would probably swap it out for something else.

Interested in trying MorningClub Co for yourself, or a gift for someone in your life? You can save $10 off your first month using promo code CDNADDICT$10 at checkout. This is in addition to the current 25% first month promo.

Click here to check out MorningClub Co. Canada.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Bowzer Box Review - June 2016 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a Canadian subscription service that delivers a box of doggy goodies every month. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

Bowzer Box recently launched Bowzer Shop, and online shop where you can re-order all your favourites and get free shipping on orders over $60!

Click here to see all my Bowzer Box reviews.

The theme for June was "Let's Get Campy" and includes several product to help you and pooch enjoy the great outdoors.
We here at Bowzer Box are big fans of the great outdoors.  It’s with that idea in mind that we put together this month’s box. June is the month the kiddies get out of school and go to camp. We know that pup likes to enjoy camp life as well and we have a box to keep your pup kids prepared.
FouFou Brands Chick Plush Toy ($9.99)
This small plush has a squeeker inside. It's not tough enough for a super chewer but it should be okay for a small breed. 

Budz Rubber Bone ($4.99)
This rubber dog toy is made with super durable and unique rubber, so it can stand up to constant wear and tear whether you’re playing indoors or outside. The center is hollow and can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter for added fun. Heavy weight toy designed for even the toughest of chewers.
This toy comes in small (3.5") and large (5").  

Legendary Canine 100% Natural Dog Shampoo Bar ($12)
What really sets us apart from other dog shampoos is our secret ingredient – silk. Not only does silk produce a rich, creamy lather, but it also helps the bar easily glide over your dog’s fur so bath time is quick and easy. Packed with vitamin E and 18 amino acids, Regular literally leaves a silky film that melts into your dog’s skin. It’s so luxurious that we can’t resist using the “dog shampoo” in the shower for ourselves. 

Etta Says! Bold Yumm Sticks ($1.59)
Etta Says! Bold Yumm Sticks Dog Treats are natural hits with dogs and their human companions. Let your four-legged friend sink his teeth into the bold taste of smoked pork, spices and garlic. These snacking sticks are made from human-grade meat following strict nutritional guidelines for a treat that’s safe for both you and your pet.

Benny Bully's Liver & Banana Treats ($7.99)
Delicious & nutritious pure & natural beef liver. A source of Amino Acids, Electrolytes, Minerals, Vitamins B6 and C, Potassium, Fiber and Manganese. 
Define Planet Poop Bag & Dispenser Starter Pack ($3.99)
Our signature DP Poobag dispenser comes equipped with two rolls of our eco-friendly Poobags. This package is a great for new puppy parents.
The June Bowzer Box included six items with a retail value over $40 Canadian. It's a great variety of products this month and I'm happy to see grooming and care products rather than just treats and toys. The value is close to the monthly cost, so to get the most bang for your buck, sign up for a longer term.
If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX  or REFERFRIEND at checkout and 10% will be deducted from your total. 
Click here to check out Bowzer Box. 


Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.